Kitui county’s KICOTEC (Kitui County Textile Centre) basks in international limelight after transiting into Kenya’s largest producer of Face Masks amidst the Corona pandemic.
KICOTEC, a company that is governor Charity Ngilu’s brain child received an overnight turnover from a clothe making enterprise into a necessary tool in the fight against the COVID-19. The company is now depended on to produce at least 30,000 surgical and face masks daily.
Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic that led to closure is factories, the Kitui based company was expected to temporarily shut down. However, KICOTEC chose to swim in the wave of change and in return salvaged jobs for its employees.
“To sit here and do something that is useful to the world is a dream…. I never thought I would be part of something that has the potential of saving millions from dying.” remarked a 24 year old Josephine Wambua,one of the 400 employees at the facility.
Following an increase in the demand for masks, Governor Ngilu noted that Kenya as a country needed to find within her borders the protective equipment, instead of importance same. The wearing of face masks in public places has since been gazetted as a mandatory requirements in the country.
“Let’s not wait and wonder. We import everything and produce nothing, despite having all the resources at our disposal,” governor Ngilu said.
The workers at KICOTEC have been provided with food and a place to live as the facility now runs 24/7 and commutation would prove a challenge.